This past season at The Amp in Carrollton was its busiest to date, with four major concerts, including Lonestar, Everclear, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Drivin’ N Cryin’.
The Amp last summer hosted several family movie nights and several local organizations used the facility for their events as well.
Carrollton City Manager Tim Grizzard also cited the Main Street Board of Directors for securing several grants and said that Main Street continues to be a big draw for local residents and tourists alike.
“Downtown Carrollton is a destination for locals, visitors and everyone in between,” he said.
The Main Street Program strives to maintain the beauty, historic preservation, and economic viability of Carrollton’s Historic District in many ways, Grizzard said. This year, it was awarded seven façade grants, totaling $12,500. The grants assist property and business owners in renovating and beautifying their buildings, and helped with the complete renovation of the NAPA Auto Parts building on Rome Street.
“This building, now home to Across Healthcare, the Village at Across, and Downtown Gowns, has been an eyesore on Rome Street for more than a decade,” Grizzard said. “The Village at Across provides shared work space and resources for businesses entering the technology sector. Downtown also welcomed Pita Pit and 4AM Coffee Roasters in 2017.”
Grizzard said that Mayfest and Taste of Carrollton both continue to be benchmark events for Main Street. Mayfest, the city’s annual arts and crafts festival had nearly 200 vendors participated and more than 5,000 people in attendance. Taste of Carrollton was held in September and remains Main Street’s largest fundraiser.
“More than 40,000 tickets were sold for the event this year,” Grizzard said. “The Main Street program joined the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center and the University of West Georgia in hosting the second annual Art Takeover in March. This one-night event showcases local artists and musicians inside the restaurants and shops in downtown.”
Hudson Mill continues to revitalize the southern half of downtown with new restaurants, loft residential units, and the launch of The Hub, a shared work space for individuals who prefer collaborative environments to work.
The historic Bradley Street Train Depot continued to see an increase of event hosting in 2017, including many wedding and corporate meetings.
Another portion of the downtown area that has been well received in 2017 was the Cultural Arts Division that Grizzard said continues to make a huge impact on the community.
“The arts continue to offer children and adult programming for the citizens of Carrollton, and of course, the Carrollton Festival of the Arts was, once again, a wonderful event presented by the Carrollton Artist Guild,” he said. “Many fine artists from across the country participated in this event.”